This year the SDG advocate programme sees nineteen of Irelands change makers undergo a nine month development education programme. This programme allows advocates to deepen their understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, development education and transformative change.
The first phase involves two full weekends, including an overnight residential. The emphasis is on critical analysis, discussion and understanding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and our role as active citizens. Each Advocate will start to the process of designing an action project that they can implement in their own communities connected to achieving the SDG’s by 2030.
The overseas phase takes place in Tanzania and Vietnam during June/July. The SDG Advocates spend two weeks working and studying alongside local partner organisations abroad; sharing ideas, perspectives and design of sustainable models of community-based projects. Experiential learning forms the bedrock of the 2nd phase. Irish Participants have an opportunity to learn from the immersion phase and connect their SDG project with other initiatives that are happening at a global level.
The final phase comprises of two weekends including a residential with an emphasis on implementing the Advocates SDG action initiatives. Mentoring support will be provided and an opportunity to showcase each project during a “Exhibition of Experience” hosted in Drogheda Art Centre in October. The Irish team will be joined by 8 advocates from Vietnam and Tanzania as part of a reciprocal visit